Barbara Chase-Riboud

Philadelphia-born, internationally acclaimed artist, poet, novelist--and now French citizen--Barbara Chase-Riboud earned a BFA from Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University, Philadelphia, and an MFA from Yale University, New Haven, CT. A resident of Paris since the early 1960s, she was knighted by the French government and received the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 1996. She has received numerous awards, including an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Temple University; Doctorate of Letters from Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA; James Van Der Zee Award (now known as the Brandywine Lifetime Achievement Award) from Brandywine Workshop and Archives, Philadelphia; Doctorate of Letters from the University of Connecticut, Mansfield; and the Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award from the College Art Association in 2007. Chase-Riboud’s work is in the collections of the Berkeley Art Museum at the University of California; Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City; Philadelphia Museum of Art; National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC; and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, among other institutions. Chase-Riboud creates abstract art with a deep and nuanced understanding of history, identity, and a sense of place. She works in textiles and cast bronze in studios in Rome and Paris.

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June 26 1939

Philadelphia, PA




American, French


African American

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